Fellow: Nary Rath
Member: Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV)
Tasks in Member’s Office
Having the opportunity to be a fellow for Senator Rosen is so exciting, and I look forward to coming to work every day. I have the chance to work with a dynamic team of knowledgeable legislative staffers who have been teaching me about the depths of the legislative process that you can only learn from doing policy work first hand. It has been incredibly interesting to see how my educational experience as a social worker is putting classroom theory into practice. I have had the opportunity to attend several policy briefings and perform research for a vast number of topics, from healthcare and science, to immigration and education.
Only a few months into the fellowship, I’ve already learned so much about growing professionally as a woman of color. Networking, analyzing policy, addressing constituent emails, and collaborating with a remarkably experienced team has made me so confident in my choice in coming to DC as an APAICS fellow. Most importantly, I’ve gained clarity on where I see myself landing and what path I want to put myself on at the end of my fellowship. I cannot wait to continue this journey and watch myself grow exponentially throughout these next few months.
Favorite memories (so far!) in DC
In addition to being a fellow in Senator Rosen’s office during the week, I am also a server at a restaurant in Fairfax on the weekends. Juggling working 7 days a week has been a difficult task, but while navigating my busy schedule, I have made meaningful relationships with those around me.
I had the chance to tour the Wallops Flight Facility with another APAICS fellow, Ariel. We spent the day seeing all the functions and operations of Wallops and were able to network with other passionate Hill staffers. I also attended a concert with an intern from my congressional office, Karla. It’s incredibly enriching to explore my various interests, from space to music, with the amazing friends I’ve already made on the Hill!
Morning – I start my day by walking to the Vienna Metro Station and listening to my favorite podcasts on my way to Capitol Hill.
Afternoon – My days are filled with attending meetings, having coffees with interesting Hill staffers, writing constituent letters, and performing legislative research. I also have so many chances to attend events with my fellowship cohort that APAICS invites us to, such as galas, networking opportunities, and more.
Night – I make my way back to Vienna and recharge for the next day at work. It typically involves Facetiming my friends back home in Connecticut, going on a run, trying new recipes, listening to a podcast, or having long talks with my wonderful roommate, Courtney.